World Suicide Day

World Suicide Day

The 10th September 2020 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. 

We all can play our part in preventing the loss of life through suicide and as it says in the caption above ‘you don’t have to be an expert or have all the answers if someone reaches out to you for help and support.  Listening with compassion, empathy and without judgement can help restore hope’.

The ‘START’ programme is an online suicide prevention training that is available to anyone to undertake that will give the awareness, skills and confidence to engage with and support individuals who may be having thoughts of suicide.  In 1½ hours participants will learn a four-step model and undertake in simulations and practices.  To register please contact me on email:

Attached are the details of the services and resources that are available locally and nationally so that we can all be in a position to give information and signpost someone who may be distressed or vulnerable and in need of some help and support.  (If you would like hard copy versions of any of these, please let me know and I will send them to you).

To celebrate the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’, ‘Reflection Ceremonies’ have been organised by Midlands Living Links to be held at the locations of the ‘Trees of Hope’ in the various towns in the Midland counties as follows:

  • Tullamore - Sunday 13th September @ 12.30pm: Tree of Hope, Lloyd Park, Tullamore, Offaly.
  • Kilbeggan - Sunday 13th September @ 3.30pm: Brosna Park, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.
  • Longford - Sunday 13th September @ 3pm: The Peace Park, Longford Town, Longford
  • Birr - Saturday 19th September @ 10am: Mass Service & Reflection at Tree of Hope, Birr Catholic Church Grounds, Offaly
  • Portlaoise - Sunday 20th September @ 11.30pm: Tree of Hope, Memorial Garden, Ridge Road, Portlaoise; followed by a Blessing at 12.15pm, Sensory Gardens, Rockview Walkways R427.